Codes and Frequencies
DITNPMED reports if the person has ever taken nonprescription or over-the-counter medication for most important health condition she/he treated with a special diet. Please see the Comparability and Universe tabs for more information on changes in this variable over time.
Prior to 2012, in universe persons were asked about a series of specific health problems, symptoms, or conditions they may have treated with different complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. Beginning in 2012, in universe persons were asked to select three of sixteen therapies that were most important and only asked the series of questions related to treating health problems, symptoms, or conditions about these top three therapies. Persons who did not include a special diet among their top three CAM therapies did not answer follow-up questions for this therapy and are reported as responding no. There are no comparability issues.
- 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have used a special diet during the past 12 months and have used a special diet for a specific health problem or condition.
- 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children ages 4-17 who have reported having at least one top CAM therapy and using this therapy to treat a specific health problem or condition.
- 2007, 2012